Circular 19/23 RSL NSW Sport & Recreation Program launches this April

Following the success of the RSL NSW Sport & Recreation Pilot, ANZAC House is pleased to announce the launch of the state-wide RSL NSW Sport & Recreation Program this April.

The RSL NSW Sport & Recreation Pilot was key to Goal 3, initiative 3.8 of the RSL NSW Strategic Plan, which aims to grow membership and support veterans, and their families through participation in fun and healthy activities. You can learn more about the pilot in the Members’ Final Report.

To ensure the Program will meet the needs and preferences of our members, a survey was conducted, with the results used to inform the foundation of the Program, and thirty per cent of respondents requested a non-competitive option for participation. Consequently, there are three options for sub-Branch participation this year:

  1. The Participation Competition: A point-based competition with a focus on participation and collaboration. Bonus points are offered for hosting family-friendly activities and collaborating with nearby sub-Branches and local veteran-serving organisations. This can include ex-service organisations, for-profit entities that benefit veterans, and veteran-owned or operated businesses.
  2. The Challenge Ladder: A team-based, multi-activity competition held between proximate sub-Branches. (NB: To participate there must be a minimum of four teams registered within the district)
  3. The Social Program: A non-competitive option that focuses on promoting activities without accruing points or positions.

When registrations open in April, participating sub-Branches will be provided with resources to support the selection, planning, and promotion of activities, funding (if needed) and guidance on how to safely conduct activities.

2023 Program timeline (Dates to be advised) 

  • April: Sub-Branch registrations open
  • April: Virtual Sport & Recreation Program Q&A session
  • May: 2023 Sport & Recreation Program begins
  • September: 2023 Sport & Recreation Program ends
  • October: Results announced at the 2023 State Congress.

A Circular will be distributed in April containing a link to the registration portal and dial-in details for members to attend a virtual Sport & Recreation Program Q&A session. Please note, there is no registration closing date. Each sub-Branch’s participation in the competition will commence upon registration, however, results will be tallied in September.

Please share this information with members and discuss how your sub-Branch can facilitate sport and recreation activities for veterans and their families in your community.

If you have any questions regarding the RSL NSW Sport & Recreation Program, please contact your Member Support Team at or on 1300 679 775.